From the fashion houses of Paris and the catwalks of Europe’s major cities, 24 year old Ellie-Grace Frost is set to take the accessories world by storm, with her own label being launched in Suffolk.
Having completed an MA at leading Paris university for fashion Institut Francais De La Mode, and secured an internship then paid employment at global brand Louis Vuitton, the Woodbridge graduate is now beginning her own business story, supported by Shout About Suffolk and legal firm, Birketts.
Earlier this year, Ellie-Grace applied to the Shout About Suffolk ‘Lab’ scheme, pitching to be included as one of just eight entrepreneurs who will receive up to three years’ worth of guidance, mentoring and funding support.
She was selected for her ambition to create a distinct label, based here in Suffolk, which will embrace local craftsmanship and suppliers where possible, and have a strong ethical and sustainability focus.
Ellie-Grace’s determination and talent has caught the attention of legal firm, Birketts, who have this week confirmed that they will be sponsoring the entrepreneur’s place in the Shout About Suffolk Lab.
Their support aligns with the company’s commitment to encourage more investment into female-led businesses, and to celebrate local talent and aspiration.
Ellie-Grace, who is initially planning to launch a range of XX later this summer, said: “I feel incredibly excited and proud to be in a situation where not only did I receive one of only a few places in the Lab, but now I’m being sponsored by a strong regional firm which really wants to celebrate female entrepreneurship.
“I’m looking forward to learning from my mentors – one of whom is Ian Griffiths Creative Director for Max Mara – and working hard on my brand, all whilst establishing my company in my home county alongside other really dedicated business people.”
Jonathan Agar, CEO at Birketts, commented: “We are delighted to be supporting Ellie-Grace on her journey and have been enormously impressed by what we have seen so far of her work and her previous professional experiences.
“Entrepreneurship really is the lifeblood of our economy, so as a firm, we believe in supporting people like Ellie-Grace to use their unique talents to create successful businesses.
“Shout About Suffolk is providing such an exceptional opportunity to see a number of entrepreneurs flourish, with the right kind of guidance. We are therefore really pleased to be committing to one of the corporate sponsorships for the year ahead.”
He added: “In particular, Birketts is keen to see more young female talent achieve their goals in the region, so this match is perfect for us.”
Paddy Bishopp, one of three founders behind Melton-based Shout About Suffolk, said: “From the very moment we received Ellie-Grace’s video pitch, and saw the incredible extent of her career history to date, we’ve all been enormously impressed, and excited by her potential.
“She will now benefit from mentorship, collaboration and funding support as part of her place in the Lab, but has the added benefit of knowing that Birketts is very much aiding her journey and keen to see her achieve her full potential.
“We are extremely grateful to Birketts – and to all of our corporate sponsors so far – for showing such interest in our entrepreneurs, and belief in our ambitions as a start-up facility in the county.”
In addition to sponsoring Lab places, companies also have the opportunity to fund a ‘Hub’ place as part of Shout About Suffolk’s social enterprise concept. This ensures a total of 20 entrepreneurs will have a seat paid for, during which time they will benefit from networking, and a collaborative place to work.
Shout About Suffolk was formed in January this year by successful businessmen Paddy Bishopp, Toby Durrant and Richard Croft.
To enquire about one of the 15 available places in the Shout About Hub, or to sponsor a place, email [email protected] or call the team on 01473 801 3424.
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